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New Orleans Pelicans sign Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent Tyrone Wallace to offer sheet


After working him out late last month alongside Ty Lawson, the New Orleans Pelicans have signed restricted free agent Tyrone Wallace to an offer sheet.

Under the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Los Angeles Clippers now have two days to match the Pelicans offer.

While the exact details are unknown at this point, you can be assured New Orleans has two or more years of a standard contract on the table. Offer sheets made on two-way players must be for a minimum of two years — not counting any option seasons — and cannot be of the two-way contract variety.

If there could be a sticking point, it’s the fact that Dell Demps may only offer a deal worth the minimum. With the Pelicans over the cap and having used up all of the practical exception money, the front office is limited with funds.

As to whether the Clippers decide to keep Wallace, realize they already have the maximum allowed number of 15 guaranteed contracts on the books for next season — and this doesn’t include Patrick Beverley.

Conversely, the Pelicans would have no problems absorbing another contract onto the salary cap sheet as they only have 12 guaranteed deals.

As I mentioned late last month, check out Robert Flom’s solid review of Wallace on Clips Nation for a detailed breakdown of his game. However, here’s a quick snippet:

  • Wallace stands 6’5 but possess a 6’9.5 wingspan. For reference, Jrue Holiday stands 6’4 and has a 6’7 wingspan.
  • Per NBA Stats, Wallace attempted 28.8% of his shots in transition. Considering Alvin Gentry is interested in pushing the action as much as possible, this bodes well despite Wallace’s problems with the three-point shot (25%).
  • Wallace derived another 12.1% of his offense from cuts. This would have ranked fourth on the Pelicans last season in terms of player frequency.

Stay tuned!



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